Obituary: Daniele Tamagni, 42, Photographer of International Fashion and Style
Posted by Holly Hughes on Thursday December 28, 2017 | Obituary.. Source PDNPulse
Photographer Daniele Tamagni, best known for documenting the fashionable dandies of the Congo, died December 23 in Milan, according to Corriere della Sera. He was 42, and had been ill for four years, the paper reports. His award-winning work had appeared in The Guardian Weekend, The Sunday Timesof London, Rolling Stone, Corriere della Sere, Vogue and other publications.
A student of art history, Tamagni began photographing street style and subcultures around the world in 2007. His project on the immaculately dressed dandies of the Congo, known as Sapeurs, won the Young Photographers Canon Award in 2007. His book, The Gentlemen of Bacongo, was published by Trolley Books in 2009. In 2010, the International Center of Photography gave him the Infinity Award for Applied Photography.
That year, he produced a story on “the flying cholitas,” female wrestlers in La Paz, Bolivia. The series earned him a 2nd place prize in the Arts and Entertainment category of the 2011 World Press Photo competition.
This summer, though ill, he produced an exhibition of his work in Rome called, “Another Look: Looks and Styles in Africa on the Move.”
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Daniele Tamagni, The Playboys, Sapeurs posing in front of Memorial Savorgnan de Brazza (from the Gentlemen of Bacongo series), 2008. Lambda c-print, Ed. 2. 10, 66.3 x 92.5 cm. Cour
October Gallery London.
Daniele Tamagni (1975 – December 23, 2017) was an Italian photographer and author hailing from Milan who became famous for his portraits of Congolese dandies collected in the 2009 book, Gentlemen of Bacongo (Trolley Books). THe winner of the 2010 ICP Infinity Award for fashion photography, Tamagni continued to document street style around the globe with his books Fashion Tribes (Abrams), Global Style Battles (Editions La Découverte), and Mtindo (Skira). For more about his work, check out our review of his exhibition with James Barnor at October Gallery.